GET Day 2

Powerline Trail to Filomeno Rd – 18.63 mi

Filomeno Rd to Ray’s One Stop – 18 mi hitch

Ray’s One Stop to CR A013 – 0.91 mi

Looking back at Sandia Crest from Powerline Trail

Looking back at Sandia Crest from Powerline Trail.

Woke up at some point during the night to re-inflate my sleeping pad, and it was mostly flat again when I woke up, so I suspect I have a hole. Started hiking up the Powerline a little before 7 a.m. and enjoyed views back to Sandia Creat during the golden hour. I connected to the Jackalope Trail after about two miles and descended through more pine forest. Once I got down, I crossed NM-337 and followed the Otero Canyon Trail to the Blue Ribbon Trail. In this area, I saw more mountain bikers than hikers.

Pine-filled meadows in Cibola National Forest

Pine-filled meadows in Cibola National Forest.

I continued to head mostly south along MTB trails in Cibola National Forest until I got to a trailhead in a neighborhood. Coming out of the residential area, I was once again on NM-337. I planned on stopping at Morning Star Grocery to get some water and lunch, but they were closed. As was Old Tyme Ice Cream Shop. Ponderosa Restaurant was out of business. At mile 16, I got to Ten Points General Store and bought a gallon of water and a couple of burritos. They didn’t have a charging block, so I’ll have to try at the next store.

Can’t take Filomeno Rd.

Can’t take Filomeno Rd.

I thought I’d found a way to avoid the 18-mile roadway on NM-337, but it turns out Google wanted to send me down a private road. I don’t want to wind up on someone’s land who doesn’t want me there, so I didn’t go that way. The limit of how much energy I was willing to spend on rerouting a road walk had been reached, so I took Brett Tucker’s recommendation and hitchhiked to Ray’s One Stop.

I will take this recommendation

I will take this recommendation.

Ray’s didn’t have a charging block either, so I’ll stop into Mountainair to get one when I get there. I hiked about another mile beyond Ray’s and set up camp for the night.

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